Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - 357 pagine
This book provides a comprehensive account of mosaics in the ancient world from the early pebble mosaics of Greece to the pavements of Christian churches in the East. Separate chapters in Part I cover the principal regions of the Roman Empire in turn, in order to bring out the distinctive characteristics of their mosaic workshops. Questions of technique and production, of the role of mosaics in architecture, and of their social functions and implications are treated in Part II. The book discusses both well-known works and recent finds, and balances consideration of exceptional masterpieces against standard workshop production. Two main lines of approach are followed throughout: first, the role of mosaics as a significant art form, which over an unbroken span illuminates the evolution of pictorial style better than any comparable surviving medium; and secondly, their character as works of artisan production closely linked to their architectural context.
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List of maps xx l Origins and pebble mosaics
Hellenistic mosaics in the east
3 Hellenistic mosaics in Italy
Craftsmen and workshops
Techniques and procedures
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Africa Africa Proconsularis Alexander Mosaic animals Antioch antiquity appear architectural Balty baths black-and-white mosaic border Bruneau building bust Byzantine Carthage central panel centre century bc church CMGR colour composition contain courtesy craftsmen Daszewski decoration Delos detail Dionysiac Dionysus Donderer Dunbabin emblema emblemata Empire examples Excavations fifth century figured panels figured scenes floor mosaics floral fourth century frieze geometric designs geometric mosaic glass Greek Guidobaldi guilloche Hadrian's Villa Hellenistic period Hinton St Mary House hunting scenes ibid identified inscription Italy la Olmeda late fourth late second Lavagne Madaba maeander marble ments Morgantina mortar mosaicists mosaique Mosaizisten motifs mythological nymphaeum Olynthos opus sectile ornamental Ostia painting patterns paved pebble mosaics peristyle Piazza Armerina Piccirillo polychrome Pompeii probably region repertory Roman Rome Salzmann scrolls second century sectile pavement signinum square style tablinum technique tessellated tesserae tion traditional triclinium vault Villa wall white ground workshops